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2013 Team Outlook: New Orleans Saints

A fantasy football preview of the New Orleans Saints this season. Profiled players include Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, and Pierre Thomas.

Update (8-16): Another preseason game, another impressive perfomance by Stills. Against the Raiders on Friday, he caught four passes for 64 yards including a toe-tapping touchdown in the front of the end zone. Nick Toon hauled in a 56-yarder for his only catch, but Stills is looking like the No.3 WR race leader.

Update (Aug 12): With the injury to Joseph Morgan, both Nick Toon and rookie Kenny Stills have a huge opportunity in front of them. Stills possesses the natural slot wide receiver skill set to succeed in the Saints offense, so he is better positioned to win the job over the taller more experienced Nick Toon. In 12 team leagues, Stills now represents a late round pick that could be immediately valuable in draft master formats where his big games are rewarded. For standard lineup leagues, he'll likely be hit and miss, until another injury befalls either Colston or Moore. It's nice to have an option or two on your bench from potent offenses like the Saints.

Rookie Kenny Stills could have fantasy value in the future if he has a good preseason for the Saints. Stills has too many players in front of him on the depth chart to make much of an impact this season, but could be a good player to stash for the future in the high powered Saints offense.

Lance Moore will enter the 2013 season as the Saints' number two wide receiver. Moore is coming off the best season of his career, topping 1000 yards for the first time. Moore can be expected to put up similar numbers this season, as even with Sean Payton's decree that the running game will increase, the passing game will still be the best option to move the chains for the Saints. Fantasy owners should view Moore as a quality backup this season. To read more on Lance Moore, check out this article by Matt De Lima, http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/article.cfm?article_id=1384&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FantasyFootballToolbox+%28Fantasy+Football+Toolbox%29&utm_content=FeedBurner

Second year wide receiver Nick Toon is unlikely to have any fantasy value this season. Toon missed his entire rookie season with an injury, and while he will be healthy this season, has too many players in front of him on the depth chart to make much of an impact.

Joe Morgan could be a bottom of the roster fantasy wide receiver this season. Morgan will enter the pre-season as the Saints' number three wide receiver, but with Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, Marques Colston, and Lance Moore ahead of him in the pecking order, it will be tough for Morgan to make much of an impact. Morgan would need an injury to jump up into fantasy consideration.

Despite a dip in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in 2012, Jimmy Graham will enter the 2013 fantasy season as the top tight end of the draft Graham is a physical freak and if he comes into the year fully healthy, should improve on his numbers from last season. Fantasy owners should have no reservations drafting Graham as the top tight end this season and in PPR leagues there's a case to be made for taking him in the latter part of the first round. With Gronkowski still scaring off fantasy owners this season, the fact that he'll likely outscore every other tight end by a significant margin gives you a point edge at the tight end position that's hard to ignore.

Ben Watson signed with the Saints as a free agent this off-season. Watson is coming off a solid season, but will see a decrease in production as a backup in New Orleans. The only way Watson will be relevant in fantasy leagues is if Jimmy Graham were to go down with a long-term injury.